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LG Urbane 2, The First Android Wear Smartwatch With Cellular, Pulled From Stores

LG Urbane 2, The First Android Wear Smartwatch With Cellular, Pulled From Stores
Posted under: Android
From TechCrunch - November 20, 2015

Last week we brought you news thatthe first Android Wear smartwatch with access to cellular dataread: doesnt need to be paired with a smartphonewas on its way to the U.S. market, but now we are dialing down that enthusiasm after the device was pulled due toapparentissues.

The watch in question is theLG Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, which wenton sale in the U.S. viaAT&T last week and was due to come to Verizon on November 20. Itsall change, however, after LG yanked it from stores due to a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device,according to a 9to5Googlereport.

The company did contact media reviewing the watchincluding Android Policewith a note which, among other things, notedthat whether the device will be available in the future will be decided at a later time.

For now, neither the carriers nor LG havegiven a new date when the watch will go back on sale. In fact, AT&T is already offering refunds to customers while Verizonwill reportedly not ship the watch to those who have made pre-orders. That doesnt look too good.

This is a major setback for both LG and Google, the latter havingrecently added cellular LTE data access to its Android Wear operating system. That means that futuresmartwatches will be able to take advantage of the featurewhich, on paper, means you can leave your phone at home if you head out for a run or errandsbut this episode isnt exactly the ringing endorsementthatbothcompanies willhave hoped for from the get-go.

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